Story by Mark Graeve, Lead Off Hitter and OA Roving Reporter
There is always a little bit of extra tension in the air when we play this team. When we played them for the first time (last year), several of their players showed up with crucifixes painted on their foreheads. (The game was not played on Ash Wednesday.) When we played them for a second time, they eschewed the face paint, but did engage in some dirty play with intent to injure. With that history between the two teams, we really wanted to win this one.
After the first inning, we held a four to nothing lead and felt good about our chances. That lead did not last for long. For the next few innings, our offense went dormant while Hit it and Quit It built a sizable lead. Toward the end of the game, their lead grew to nine runs. We were dangerously close to having the game end by the mercy rule.
I wish I could say that we staged a dramatic comeback and vanquished our rivals in the most exhilarating fashion. Unfortunately, that is not what happened. However, we did fight back and even scared them a little. At one point, we closed the deficit to 3 runs with the help of a towering home run by our pitcher Chad. In the end, our rally fell short, and we lost 18-13. We will try to get our revenge when we play them again in two weeks.
Next game is July 20th at 9:30 vs. Suburban Rotary
Current record: 2 wins, 4 losses, and 5 rain outs